Lee Matthew Goldberg: The Desire Card


I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for The Desire Card today. My review is written with thanks to Emma Welton at damppebbles Blog Tours and for providing my copy of the book via the publisher.


Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That’s the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients – but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine. Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live. Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he’d ever have to face. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

The Desire Card is a taut fast-paced thriller, from internationally acclaimed author Lee Matthew Goldberg, that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn’t always enough to get everything he desires.


I found myself surprised by The Desire Card. It took me a while to get into the novel but once I did, I felt completely invested in Harrison’s plight and wanted to know what the future held for him.

The concept of The Desire Card is one I found particularly interesting and I frequently wondered how I would use a “desire card” if I had the opportunity. I hope I would make more noble requests than Harrison, as his desires show him up as selfish and thoughtless  He’s definitely not a likeable character but somehow he intrigued me and this made me continue reading.

The situations in which Harrison finds himself are often dangerous and this creates a lot of tension in the novel which engaged me until the end. There is a slight twist, which I must admit I did guess, but it adds an extra layer of intrigue to the novel’s conclusion.

The Desire Card is the first in a series and I am excited to see where it will go from here.

The Desire Card is available from Amazon.

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